Tuesday, May 2, marks the end of classes for University of Virginia students, including 146 undergrads enrolled in my Black Fire lecture course. Now in its 3rd year, the Black Fire course has remained an important part of our larger multimedia project on the history and experiences of African Americans at the University. This year we taught about 340 students, finished three films, and had a chance to share our work with folks across the country. April was especially exciting as We Demand screened at the National Gallery of Art (https://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/calendar/film-programs/spring17/bch.html) and Fastest Man in the State was part of the Whitney Museum’s Biennial. After the Biennial, our friend Greg Tate took us to the home of the legendary filmmaker, Melvin Van Peebles. Amazing time and conversation.
Looking forward to pushing ahead in the summer and next academic year.